Tulsa Tuesday ““ North Tulsa’s Grocery Store Woes “¦ Simple Economics

Two months after North Tulsa’s food drought ended, it may dry up again.

North Tulsa, commonly known as a food desert, if you don’t count Warehouse Market or Sav-A-Lot, didn’t have a grocery store for more than two years.  Enter Gateway Market. The owner, Antonio Perez, said sales have declined and he may have to close the new grocery store.  Perez received a $2.2 million grant to open the store.  He also owns Las Americas grocery stores.

The biggest complaints about Gateway are high prices (yep), safety (robbed in February) and brands (Hispanic).

Then, there are those who believe North Tulsa hasn’t had a successful grocery store because of racism.

The bottom line is that if there was profit to be made in North Tulsa, it wouldn’t have taken a $2.2 million grant.  Stores would’ve already moved in and stayed.  I’m tired of this being a race issue.  It’s not a race issue, it’s economics.  If there’s no market, there’s no growth.

Wouldn’t be easier to move everyone to South Tulsa where the food is?

I checked out Gateway on my way to Chicken Hut, which by the way is never open when I go there.  Maybe I’ll have better luck with Bobo’s.  Anyway, I checked out Gateway.  The prices were a little higher than what I normally pay, but since there’s no competition, prices tend to be higher.  Once again, economics.

As far as safety, I felt perfectly fine being the only customer in the store.  As the sole shopper, there was no one to rob me.

Finally, the brands.  No Pepsi products, I couldn’t find Kraft cheese and the bread section is about 8 feet of Best Choice and Bimbo. I don’t want Best Choice bread.  I’m not familiar with Bimbo, but I refuse to eat bread that has a whorish name.

I can’t stomach the words “˜bimbo’ and “˜yeast’ in the same product.

It’s economics antibiotics.